VPI Immingham OCGT

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VPI Immingham OCGT

Received 24 June 2019
From Cadent Gas Limited

Representation

Representation by Cadent Gas Limited (Cadent) to the VPI Immingham OCGT DCO Introduction Cadent is a licensed gas transporter under the Gas Act 1986, with a statutory responsibility to operate and maintain the gas distribution networks in North London, Central and North West England. Cadent’s primary duties are to operate, maintain and develop its networks in an economic, efficient and coordinated way. Cadent is making a relevant representation to the VPI Immingham OCGT DCO in order to protect its position in light of infrastructure and land interests which are located within or in close proximity to the proposed DCO boundary. Cadent’s rights to retain its apparatus in situ and rights of access to inspect, maintain, renew and repair such apparatus located within or in close proximity to the order limits should be maintained at all times and access to inspect such apparatus must not be restricted. Apparatus Cadent has intermediate pressure and high pressure (major accident hazard) gas pipelines and associated below and above ground apparatus including an Above Ground Gas compound (Thornton Curtis PRS) located within the order limits which are affected by proposals to acquire rights compulsorily. The DCO does not currently contain a form of protective provisions for the protection of Cadent’s apparatus and land interests that are to Cadent’s satisfaction. Furthermore VPI Immingham B Limited (the “Promoter”) is seeking to acquire rights over Cadent’s operational land at Thornton Curtis PRS, identified by Plots 107 and 111. As part of its statutory duties, Cadent is required to undertake essential security fence upgrades at this site and therefore due to operational and security concerns, Cadent objects to the compulsory acquisition of rights over these plots. In the absence of appropriate protective provisions Cadent is not satisfied that rights over its land can be acquired, without serious detriment to the carrying on of Cadent’s undertaking. As a responsible statutory undertaker, Cadent’s primary concern is to meet its statutory obligations and ensure that any development does not impact in any adverse way upon those statutory obligations. As such, Cadent requires adequate protective provisions to be included within the DCO to ensure that its apparatus and land interests are protected and to include compliance with relevant safety standards. Engagement with the Promoter Cadent provided the Promoter with its standard form protective provisions on 24 May 2019. To date Cadent has received no comments back regarding these. Cadent encourages engagement by the Promoter at the earliest opportunity and is seeking to reach satisfactory agreement with it. Cadent wishes to reserve the right to make further representations as part of the examination process.